What's New

Opportunity for New DDI Trainer

For the past eight years, GESIS-Leibniz Institute for the Social Sciences has organized intensive five-day DDI training workshops at Schloss Dagstuhl in Wadern, Germany. (Dagstuhl is a computer science research center that focuses mainly on a highly acknowledged seminar series.) This year’s training workshop will take place on October 13-17, 2014.

Joachim Wackerow (GESIS) leads the training workshop along with co-trainers Arofan Gregory (Metadata Technology) and Wendy Thomas (Minnesota Population Center). To plan for the workshop, Arofan and Wendy spend the week before the workshop in Mannheim (one of the two GESIS locations) where the three trainers prepare the syllabus and the schedule for the upcoming workshop. This has worked well and has been a successful model.

In an effort to diversify and supplement the pool of qualified DDI trainers and to start to build the next generation of instructors, this year GESIS together with the Dagstuhl trainers is offering a "train the trainer" opportunity, funded by the DDI Alliance. This will enable a new trainer to attend the preparation week in Mannheim and the workshop at Dagstuhl. The goal is that this person could then conduct similar training in the future either alone or with others.

The Alliance will fund the cost of the new trainer's travel, accommodation, and food for two weeks, and will provide a stipend of Euro 1000.

We are looking for a highly motivated individual who has an interest in DDI and in training others in its use. This person will need to be available for the full two weeks (Week 1 in Mannheim, October 6-10, and Week 2 at Dagstuhl). 

To apply for this opportunity, please send a letter of interest, a resume or set of qualifications, and a vision for future DDI training to the DDI Alliance Director by June 22, 2014. The trainers will select a person for the position and he or she will be informed by July 7.

Joachim Wackerow

Mary Vardigan

DDI Alliance Members and Scientific Board to Meet in Toronto on June 2

The DDI Alliance will hold its Annual Meeting of Members in Toronto on Monday, June 2, 2014, in advance of the annual IASSIST Conference. The IASSIST program will feature several sessions related to DDI.

NADDI Conference to Take Place in Vancouver, March 31-April 2, 2014

Research data management has become an important global issue as funding agencies, publishers, and disciplines increasingly require the sharing of publicly funded data.  The Open Data movement treats curated data as a valuable resource available to support new research with the potential for new discoveries. Furthermore, the expectation that research findings can be replicated is pressuring researchers to make their data understandable and useable by others. Both the replication and reuse of research data is highly dependent on properly documented data. The Data Documentation Initiative (DDI) provides two structured metadata specifications for describing the content and context of data about individuals or organizations (microdata) in the health, social, and behavioural sciences. This community-maintained standard for microdata is internationally recognized as a best practice in preparing, sharing, and preserving data.

Interested in learning more? Please join us in Vancouver for the second North American DDI Users Conference, to be held March 31-April 2, 2014. Organized by the University of British Columbia, Simon Fraser University, University of Alberta Libraries, and the Institute for Policy and Social Research at the University of Kansas, the meeting will take place at at the Harbour Center, Simon Fraser University, with the theme"Documenting Reproducible Research." 

The Keynote Speaker for the conference is Ann Green. Ann is an independent research consultant focusing on the digital lifecycle of scholarly resources, including their creation, delivery, management, long-term stewardship, and preservation. She has significant history and experience with the DDI, serving on the original DDI committee in 1995 and coauthoring the first DDI specification. 

The conference will feature training sessions on Monday, March 31, and an opening reception that evening. Monday's training will cover an introduction to DDI in the morning and the use of DDI to document health-related data in the afternoon. Conference sessions focus on a wide range of innovative topics and projects -- from field-testing multilingual clinical assessments using DDI to chaining together existing DDI tools to documenting qualitative data.

We hope to see you there!

EDDI 2013 Draft Program Available and Registration Open

EDDI13, the 5th Annual European DDI User Conference, will take place on December 3-4 2013 in Paris. The conference is hosted by Réseau Quetelet, the French portal for data in the humanities and social sciences.

The conference will open on Tuesday, Dec 3rd, at 9:00am and close on Wednesday, Dec 4th, at 5:30pm.

Tutorials (included in the conference fee) will take place on Monday, Dec 2nd, at 2:00 pm - 5:30 pm.

A schedule overview and draft program are available at: http://www.eddi-conferences.eu/ocs/index.php/eddi/EDDI13/schedConf/program. The detailed program is in preparation.

Registration for participants and accommodation bookings are open. Please have a look at: http://www.eddi-conferences.eu/ocs/index.php/eddi/EDDI13/about/registration and http://www.eddi-conferences.eu/ocs/index.php/eddi/EDDI13/schedConf/accommodation#Accommodation.

Please note following important details:

The deadline of the early bird fee is open till October 27, 2013. The reduced rate of the main hotel is available till November 3, 2013. The conference has a maximum number of participants of 90 people.

Date Set for 2014 DDI Alliance Meeting of Members

The 2014 Annual Meeting will take place in Toronto, Ontario, Canada, on Monday, June 2, 2014, before the IASSIST conference, which will be held on June 3-6, 2014.

Second North American DDI User Conference to Take Place in Vancouver

The second annual North American DDI User Conference will take place at the Harbour Centre in Vancouver, Canada, on April 1-2, 2014, with workshops taking place the day before on March 31. Simon Fraser University, University of British Columbia, and University of Alberta are co-hosts for the event. The program and Web site are currently being developed. If you would like to participate, please send email to Larry Hoyle

Alliance Elects First Executive Board

The Alliance is pleased to announce the newly elected members of the Executive Board, the oversight body that is replacing the former Steering Committee.  Executive Board members include: 

  • Mari Kleemola, Finnish Social Science Data Service
  • Steve McEachern, Australian Data Archive
  • Ron Nakao, Stanford University
  • Gillian Nicoll, Australian Bureau of Statistics
  • Anita Rocha, University of Washington, Center for Studies in Demography & Ecology
  • Leanne Trimble, University of Toronto Scholars Portal
  • George Alter, Inter-university Consortium for Political and Social Research (representing ICPSR as the Host Institution)

 The Executive Board is charged with setting Alliance policy and budget and providing strategic advice and guidance. 

GESIS Workshop to Provide DDI Training

A week-long DDI training workshop on the topic "“Facilitating Process and Metadata-Driven Automation in the Social, Economic, and Behavioural Sciences with the Data Documentation Initiative (DDI)” will be held at Schloss Dagstuhl, Leibniz Center for Informatics, on October 21-25, 2013. More information is available at: <a href="https://web.archive.org/web/20131601374000/http://www.gesis.org/en/event...">http://www.gesis.org/en/events/gesis-workshops/ddi-2013/</a>.

Call for Papers Announced -- EDDI Conference in Paris, December 3-4, 2013


5th Annual European DDI User Conference (EDDI13)

DDI - The Basis of Managing the Data Life Cycle

Submission Deadline:  September 22, 2013

Place:                Paris, France

Date:                 December 3 - 4, 201

Hosted by:            Réseau Quetelet - French Data Archives for Social Sciences

EDDI 2013 is organized jointly by Réseau Quetelet - French Data Archives for Social Sciences, GESIS - Leibniz Institute for the Social Sciences, and IDSC of IZA - International Data Service Center of the Institute for the Study of Labor.

The meeting will bring together DDI users and professionals from all over Europe and the world. Anyone interested in developing, applying, or using DDI is invited to attend and present.

Call for Papers

We are seeking presentations, talks, papers, posters on all things DDI:

Case Studies
Mature implementations
Early Implementations
Interplay of DDI with other standards or technologies
Projects in early phases in which DDI is under consideration
Critiques of DDI

We strongly encourage papers in different areas to ensure that a broad balance of topics is covered which will attract the greatest breadth of participants, and we encourage conference participants to propose presentations, papers, and posters that would be of interest to themselves and other attendees.

The topics of the conference include, but are not limited to:

Infrastructure for Data Collection, Research, and Archiving
Reusing and Sharing Metadata
DwB - Data without Boundaries
DASISH - Data Service Infrastructure for the Social Sciences and Humanities
Official Statistics
Software / Tools


Proposals are welcome for:

Regular presentations
Full papers
Complete sessions
Plenary presentations
Tutorials and workshops
Posters and software demonstrations

If you are interested in submitting a proposal, please use the online submission system of the conference. The deadline for submissions is September 22, 2013. Please have a look at the Call for Paper page for further details.

General Information

For more information about the conference, see the conference web site at http://www.eddi-conferences.eu/eddi13.

For questions or any other correspondence regarding the EDDI13, please send an email to eddi2013@googlegroups.com.

For more information about the EDDI conference series and details on the previous EDDI conferences, look at http://www.eddi-conferences.eu/.

EDDI 2013 Date and Location Announced

The fifth European DDI Users Meeting (EDDI) will be hosted by Reseau Quetelet in Paris on December 3-4, 2013.